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Bill Introduced to Make Bonus Depreciation Permanent
U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) Wednesday introduced legislation to encourage investments and economic growth by making permanent a 50-percent depreciation bonus on new equipment and property purchases. This would allow businesses to deduct half the cost of new purchases immediately, freeing up money for reinvestment to help them grow.
June 25, 2015 – US AgNet

Senate Committee Approves Six-Year $315-Billion Highway Bill
A newly proposed six-year Senate highway bill has won praise as a positive step toward a larger goal: a long-term, fully funded surface- transportation measure. But industry officials acknowledge that the next steps on the legislative path will be uphill, especially finding the tens of billions of dollars needed to pay for the program's envisioned higher funding levels.
June 24, 2015 – Engineering News-Record

Fast-track back before Senate
The Senate is poised to vote a second time on granting President Obama fast-track trade authority.
June 22, 2015 – The Hill

House GOP leader sees gas tax as politically unfeasible
House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarty (R-Calif.) said Monday that a gas tax hike is unlikely to be approved by Congress this year.
June 22, 2015 – The Hill

House Ways & Means Committee to hold long-term highway financing meeting
The House Ways and Means Committee are scheduled to hold a hearing titled, "Long-term financing of the Highway Trust Fund."
June 17, 2015 – Roads & Bridges

Michigan legislators give $400M boost to road construction
Lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a $54.5 billion state budget next year that dedicates $400 million in general revenue to road repairs and delivers an 11 percent cut to state spending on economic development.
June 5, 2015 – Detroit News

How a Decaying Infrastructure Hurts U.S. Manufacturing
Make or buy all that you want in the U.S., but if the transportation system doesn't work, your business will suffer. That's why the U.S. must address the huge problem of decaying infrastructure.
June 4, 2015 – Wall Street Journal

Obama signs short-term highway funding extension
President Obama on Friday signed a two-month extension of highway funding into law, the White House announced in an evening statement.
May 29, 2015 – The Hill

EPA Clean Water Act likely to cause delays in transportation development
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a new piece of regulation relating to the Clean Water Act (CWA) that will require additional permitting requirements and could be used as a litigation tool by project opponents, both of which could result in delays to key transportation improvements, according to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).
May 28, 2015 – Roads & Bridges

Jobs, Safety Depend on Highway Trust Fund Fix
In April, my employer, Towmaster, Inc. based in Litchfield, Minnesota, sent me to Washington, D.C., to join my counterparts on the I Make America Advisory Committee.
May 21, 2015 – AEM

Nebraska legislature overrides governor's veto of gas tax increase
Almost immediately after the Nebraska Legislature passed a bill to raise the state's gas tax, it appeared the newly-approved road funding was at risk as Gov. Pete Ricketts shot down the bill with a veto.
May 19, 2015 – Better Roads

Caterpillar Employees Flood Capitol with 24,728 Trade Letters
Caterpillar employees sent 24,728 letters to Congress and the White House in support of trade legislation now moving through the Senate.
May 15, 2015 – Construction Equipment

New Holland North American Vice President testifies before Pennsylvania House Majority Policy Committee
Abe Hughes, New Holland's Vice President in North America, testified before the Pennsylvania House Majority Policy Committee to provide insight into New Holland Agriculture's and New Holland Construction's view of Pennsylvania's economy and business climate.
May 15, 2015 – OEM Off-Highway

GOP seeks summer fix for road funding
House Republicans are preparing to begin moving a two-month extension of federal transportation funding, delivering a victory to Democrats who have long preferred a shorter extension.
May 15, 2015 – The Hill

Train crash hardens fight over funding
A deadly Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia that killed at least seven people is intensifying a debate on Capitol Hill over investments in infrastructure.
May 13, 2015 – The Hill

ARTBA analysis shows gas tax supporters not hurt at ballot box
Ninety-five percent of all Republican state legislators who voted to increase their state gas tax to fund transportation improvements in 2013 and 2014 and ran for re-election last November won their races, according to the analysis by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association's (ARTBA) Transportation Investment Advocacy Center.
May 13, 2015 – Roads & Bridges

Senate Dems slam GOP highway patch proposals
A group of Senate Democrats slammed Republicans on Thursday for considering a temporary patch of federal transportation funding that is scheduled to expire May 31.
May 7, 2015 – The Hill

New IoH law makes 20 changes
When Act 377 - Wisconsin's original Implements of Husbandry law - was signed it was considered to be a compromise between local officials who wanted to protect local roads and infrastructure, and agricultural interests who wanted to assure that farmers could get their equipment to their fields and do their work.
May 5, 2015 – Wisconsin State Farmer

McConnell: 'We clearly have to do an extension on highways'
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) included passing an extension of federal transportation funding that is scheduled to expire this month on a list of "must-do items before Memorial Day" on Tuesday.
May 5, 2015 – The Hill

TPA a key tool for trade negotiations
In 1953, Power Curbers Inc. was founded in Salisbury by two businessmen with a design for the world's first automatic curb machine, and has grown into one of the leading manufacturers of concrete paving machinery.
May 5, 2015 – Salisbury Post

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